Mean Mommies

There's something that's been on my mind for a while... There was this woman the other day at the mall play area who was ignoring her daughter. About 18 months old and just saying, "Mama, Mama," and reaching up to be picked up. The mom ignored her until she started crying, and just sat down crying, saying, "Mama," in between sobs. Then the mom got up, picked her up, and walked out angrily. Why do parents act like this?

Then my mom told me about this woman who was hitting her baby (a year or maybe a little less) in the face for crying. Apparently she kept saying, "stop crying," then giving him or her a little smack on the cheek. My mother actually yelled at her as she was driving past, which is very weird for my mom because she is not at all confrontational.

Do you ever just get really depressed about how parents treat their kids? It's really getting to me lately. I wish I could do something but all I can do is love my kid a little more, give her an extra hug, or be patient the next time she throws a tantrum.


Comments

RaeBeth said…
It makes me angry. Just like I know this woman who hardly takes care of her kids. The little girl was being baby sat by someone I know.. I got a phone call from my friend who asked me to come take a look at something. What I saw wasn't something I was happy to see. This baby had a rash so bad on her bottom... it was blistered. My friend called Children in Youth Services on her. They did nothing. It sickens me.
kenmei said…
hi thanks for visiting.
Well, I actually follow these parents take pictures of vehicles license plates and call child protective services on them
Camilleta said…
Yeah, we have called child protective services once on a neighbor... I don't know if they did anything, I can only hope they did!
Working Mommy said…
I definitely get frustrated when I see "bad parents" in public...but then I remember back to a time when maybe I had a bad day or was a little frustrated with whatever was going on. I understand a little...but you really don't know what these parents have been through or what they are currently going through. Without sitting and talking to the woman, I wouldn't be so quick to judge.

WM
Mommy said…
oh my gosh I know it truly breaks my heart.
Camilleta said…
I usually try to say, "Well maybe they're having a bad day, I don't know what they're going through." You know, like when I see a parent getting snappy, yelling, or swatting their kids, etc. But these instances stuck in my mind... They really seemed like they crossed the line from a bad day into abuse. I really try not to judge in general, but this was getting to me. I figured blogging about it and getting it off my chest would make me feel better. So I don't have an outburst at the next mom I see who's spanking their kid and get hauled off to jail or something hahah.
Sara said…
It's just hard to be a mom sometimes isn't it. We were at the park just last week and there was a little one younger than my daughter (who is 20 months) playing in this water fountain - mom was sitting under the covered area, fine you can see her - but what about when she runs off chasing my daughter and she is now out of site? I hate to say I hover when we are at play areas, but my daughter is a little timid at times, has been pushed out of the way by bigger kids (and almost off the play set) and stepped on. So I am close by at all times. Even being 30 weeks pregnant. It just makes you wonder if this is how you are in public what are you like in private.

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Camilleta said…
I knoow, I am always RIGHT behind our daughter at the playground and she is 30 months old. The other kids her age usually play alone and you always see them falling and getting hurt. =/ Or running near the road, it scares me! Most of the moms are pretty good around here but you always see a few not paying attention at ALL.

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